Dick Polman

Dick Polman

Opinion contributor Dick Polman, a veteran national political columnist based in Philadelphia and a Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, writes at His work appears on Mondays on the Capital-Star's Commentary Page. Readers may email him at [email protected]

The photo below is of Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss (L), former Fulton County Georgia election worker comforted by her mother Ruby Freeman (R) as Moss testifies during the fourth hearing on the January 6th investigation.

Here’s what happens when honest private citizens are targeted by fascists | Dick Polman

By: - June 27, 2022

If the cesspool of lies engulfs us, there will be many more such stories. If fascism infests us on a human scale, it will be too late to resist.


Let’s move to Australia, where they confiscate weapons of mass murder | Dick Polman

By: - June 13, 2022

The Australian reform law has been, in the words of a 2011 Harvard study, 'incredibly successful in terms of lives saved.'


Here in arsenal America, everything old is new again | Dick Polman

By: - May 30, 2022

We’ve lost the mental and moral capacity to prevent these bloodbaths.


Pennsylvania, the birthplace of democracy, could elect an insurrectionist governor | Dick Polman

By: - May 23, 2022

Denying the reality of Mastriano would mean that we’ve learned absolutely nothing these last six years.


Dems’ inaction helped speed the demolition of Roe v. Wade | Dick Polman

By: - May 9, 2022

We're paying the price for decades of apathy, willfully blind to the plotted theft of women’s privacy rights.

Funeral Held At Washington's National Cathedral For Former Secretary Of State Albright

Hillary Clinton keeps getting it right | Dick Polman

By: - May 2, 2022

She had faults as a candidate, but she was absolutely right about the danger posed by Donald Trump and his followers.


A pro-Putin president of France? Quelle horreur | Dick Polman

By: - April 18, 2022

Are the voters in France as stupid or oblivious as the fatal plurality of Americans were in 2016? Vladimir Putin is counting on it.

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I lost my wife. I’ll decide when I’m done mourning her | Dick Polman

By: - April 11, 2022

The American Psychiatric Association's one-year deadline is classic American impatience. Grief isn't linear.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland

How much more evidence does Merrick Garland need to indict Trump? | Dick Polman

By: - April 4, 2022

I know, I know. Just like you, I’m rolling my eyes. Again.


As usual, Republicans are wrong about gas prices | Dick Polman

By: - March 21, 2022

It’s the drillers – not Biden – who have been holding back.


Is the U.S. strong enough to put up with some domestic sacrifice? | Dick Polman

By: - March 7, 2022

Real pain is a foreign power trying to brutally erase your country. So far, we've just been inconvenienced.


In a time of war, Republicans are giving aid and comfort to the enemy | Dick Polman

By: - February 28, 2022

I never imagined the 'Better Dead than Red' Party would turn into the ultimate appeasers. But here we are.